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640 - Is it worth applying at HKUST or wait another year?

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My profile is detailed below -

1. Did my engineering in Electronics and Communication but switched to IT sector when it came to job prospects.
2. IT Support Engineer - worked with Ericsson, Accenture and HCL in India and have experience of more than 5.5 years.
3. Aspired to secure admissions this year but scored 640 in GMAT so in a dilemma if I should apply at HKUST/CEIBS and try my chance out there or maybe attempt GMAT again to secure admissions elsewhere.
4. About the college preferences, personally wanted to pursue MBA from Asian/Australian Univ.
5. Avoiding US and UK for now as not too sure due to stricter Visa laws and too less of a tenure of visa after degree completion(12 months after MBA vs 27 months after MS in US specifically - Correct me if I am wrong). Moreover, too less of scholarships in MBA course vs MS courses.
6. In ECA terms - have been an avid debater and speaker at school level but didn't pursued much in college or during work.

My biggest concerns comes down to the fact than I am 27 years engineer based here in India and it gives me a cold feet when I think to move out but at the same time, I know I want to get out of my comfort zone to pursue MBA. Again, I also am not sure if I shall pursue a 1-year or a 2-year MBA course right now. And I am currently not sure as to which profile shall I be targeting at which could have helped me narrow down my list of preferred colleges.

Any leads as to how shall I approach taking decisions here!?
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HI. You are from a competitive demographic and being 40 points below the average makes it a bit tough unless you can demonstrate great undergrad GPA and leadership/profile. The school's range is 580 - 710 so they don't shy away from competitive lower-scoring applicants.

One thing I don't know is whether you get a work permit after HKUST or how that ends up working out.
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New post 24 Dec 2016, 17:19
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HI. You are from a competitive demographic and being 40 points below the average makes it a bit tough unless you can demonstrate great undergrad GPA and leadership/profile. The school's range is 580 - 710 so they don't shy away from competitive lower-scoring applicants.

One thing I don't know is whether you get a work permit after HKUST or how that ends up working out.



Hello bb,

Appreciate your feedback! I will seek help from an alumni from HKUST as well for that matter.

Would you suggest a suitable approach towards deciding which B school should I be aiming for in general.
Th thing is my grad school was a pretty mediocre one and I intend to now be in a B school where I could establish good networking and pursue a career further in IT operations to leverage my relevant experience.
Also, since I don't happen to have much practical experience in business learning as of now, will it be appropriate to pursue a one year MBA course? I considered Melbourne Business School as well but again I feel I should first appear for GMAT again to improve my scores.(scored Q49,V27-640)

Would you be able to suggest which colleges shall I be thinking of in case if I delay my admissions for another year or so, thanks in advance!
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